Wallpaper of the Week – Desire and Disparity


This is the fifth edition of Wallpaper of the Week here at Design Informer. This week’s wallpaper is entitled Desire and Disparity. The wallpaper was designed by an up-and-coming designer from Sweden, Tobias Ahlin.1 This is a personal wallpaper exploring extreme contrasts with colors and feelings.

Desire and Disparity Link


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Wallpaper Resolutions: Link

Production & Process Link

This is what Tobias had to say about the creation of the wallpaper.

After deciding on the concept, I made a rough sketch in Photoshop to base the composition on. The hunt for photos of hands began, and after collecting quite a few I cut them out and placed them into the composition. The fire was created mainly by warping pictures of flames into the shapes I desired. A 3D heart stock by Shoofly-stock was brought in and manipulated to create the heart.

I used Apophysis to create abstract renders which I used to create motion and texture in the background. Pixelmator was used to create some final touches, which was brought back into Photoshop for final composite.

Quick Summary Link

  • Estimated time: 20 hours
  • Client: Self-initiated
  • Tools: Wacom, Photoshop, Apophysis, Pixelmator

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  1. 1 http://tobiasahlin.com/
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  1. 1

    Wow …. 20 hours!! and what a result!! awesome… it would have been even better if the artist could provide the case study …
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  2. 2

    This is an awesome wallpaper!!…loved it :)

  3. 3

    @Richie – Yes, I will try to do that to future wallpapers. I especially would love to see a case study of this wallpaper as well. It’s incredible!

    @Adit – Thanks man.

  4. 4

    Whoah – sweet! Although the design isn’t very complex, it’s well thought and looking VERY good. Great to see!
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  5. 5

    @Marco – Thanks Marco. Tobias did a fantastic job with this wallpaper.

  6. 6

    Very cool! one of the best walls i have seen in a while, love the hot and cold colors, the hands I did not see too clearly until I downloaded it, and whoh! very nice and intricately done!
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  7. 7

    @Loswl – Same here. That’s why when I saw it, I had to feature it as the wallpaper of the week, so I quickly contacted Tobias. And yes, those hands are a nice touch to the wallpaper.

  8. 8

    Super killer!

  9. 9

    Awesome wallpaper
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  10. 10

    Nice wall, I like how the colors compliment the main focus of the image. :)

  11. 11

    very beautiful wallpaper. thanks for sharing. ;)

  12. 12

    Thanks everyone. I’m glad y’all liked the wallpaper.

  13. 13

    Very beautiful wallpaper! I’m using it.

  14. 15

    You are blessed with talent. Thanks for explaining the Production & Process.
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  15. 16

    Wow seriously cool, but 20 hours is a long time to spend surely. This blog must almost be full time work as it is. Good work thou fella. M.


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